Symantec began tracking the trend last year, with the first cross advertising for Kik spam surfacing on Twitter in 2013 at the end of the summer.
RATs are software that allow a third party to spy on a computer user from afar, whether rifling through messages and browsing activity, photographing the computer screen, or in many cases hijacking the webcam and taking photographs of whomever is on the other side.
RATs are widely used in a variety of contexts, some benign, others not. It’s hard to know how many RATs are out there because of their covert nature.
Viewers would also ask her to eat food, wear fetish outfits, or sit in a certain way. While a friend of hers was paid £200 by a man to attack him, she said she never met customers offline because she feared for her safety.
To protect her identity, the woman would wear wigs and disguise her voice.
A victim’s suffering is often not financial but emotional.